The Reed High track team will try to improve on its “middle of the pack” finish in last year’s meet. Raiders coach Dale Moss says there will be fewer teams at the meet this year.
“There will be I think 25 or 26 teams this year," Moss said. “It’s a little less than years past but there are more meets going on at other places. So obviously other schools will be other places.”
Capital High from Boise, Idaho will be participating again this year as will a couple of other California schools, according to Moss. Some of those California schools that participated in the past will have to pass on this meet because of budget cuts to their programs.
“They have to find meets that are closer to home," Moss said.
Budget cuts or no budget cuts, the meet will still feature some promising athletes by the host school, especially on the girls side.
Reed's Adriana Newell deserves some attention in the sprint and relay events as does RHS freshman basketball phenom Gabby Williams, who will be competing in the hurdle events for the Raiders.
Nyasha Lesure is the team’s jumping specialist. She will be competing in the high jump and long jump.
The girls team will probably be more competitive than the boys team because there are so many seniors who have the experience and know what to expect.
“I would expect an upper-half finish for the boys because we’re very young. We have a lot of sophomores and juniors and only a couple of seniors," Moss said.
That being said, there are a couple of seniors on the boys’ team who do command attention.
One of those guys is Josh Gingras. The sprinter is currently ranked first in the North in the 200 meters and is coming off a great race last week in Fallon. He’s also ranked in the top three in the 100-meter sprint.
Chris Imus is also someone to keep an eye on in the hurdle events.
Having two meets canceled due to weather this year has the team excited to compete in the sunshine. One of those was the Rail City Championships between Reed, Sparks, and Spanish Springs.
“The weather is good," Moss said. “We’re not complaining one bit at all. Compared to what it’s been and what it looks like right now, hopefully it continues to stay this way.”